The Italian Pathways of Stem Cells

Elena Cattaneo, Giuseppe Testa, Assunta Viteritti


Abstract: In this contribution, we take a look at the future of stem cell research, with particular emphasis on human embryonic stem cells and induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS). Their implications in terms of ethical and social issues are discussed through interviews with two top Italian scientists, Elena Cattaneo and Giuseppe Testa. In light of their answers, the introduction reflects on how stem cells research, interpreted from an STS perspective, allows us to observe the mutual adaptation between scientific practices which generate multiple biological artifacts, and the many ethical implications which characterize our biotechnological societies.

Keywords: ethics; stem cells; standardization; bio-object; symmetry.

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